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    Singletrack Minds

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    July 4, 2019 | San Juan Trail Riders works to dispel stereotypes, educate and advocate for trail use.

    Most recently, with the help of other groups such as Trails 2000 and Southwest Conservation Corps, San Juan Trail Riders helped clear downed trees from trails in the 416 Fire burn area. The group cleared more than 400 trees on the Jones Creek Trail alone, in addition to dozens more on the Hermosa, Dutch and Pinkerton/Flagstaff trails.

    Source: Durango Telegraph • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) selects a plethora of projects

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    July 1, 2019 | Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has generously awarded $60,000 to Colorado Youth Corps Association for a variety of projects across the state! CWCB has selected the following corps projects, which will be completed by three conservation corps between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. One of the selected projects is Southwest Conservation Corps' 416 Fire Local Restoration Project. SCC will partner with Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) to treat weed infestations resulting from the 416 Fire of 2018 on private lands bordering the San Juan National Forest.

    Source: Colorado Youth Corps Association • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Teach the kids how to fish for free this weekend

    Stewards Individual Placement Program

    June 25, 2019 | Community Stewards Ambassador Morgan Brandenburg is featured on Fox4 Beaumont in preparation for her family fishing event on June 29th at Big Thicket National Preserve. At her event, Brandenburg will teach kids skills in line casting, knot tying, sport safety, fish identification, and size regulations before putting their lines in the water.

    Source: Fox 4 Beaumont • Stewards Individual Placement Program

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    Forest Service needs to use chains saws

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    June 5, 2019 | In the recent article detailing the Forest Service and the chain saw exemption (“Forest Service sued over decision to use chain saws in wilderness areas,” May 22), retired Forest Service employee Anne Dal Vera is quoted stating that 10 people with cross-cut saws cut 3,000 trees.

    While certainly possible, the time for this accomplishment was not mentioned, and it is likely that this was accomplished over an entire summer cutting season.

    In 2018, the Pagosa Ranger District trail crews augmented with a Southwest Conservation Corps trail crew and other Forest service partners also cleared 3,000 trees with hand tools.

    Source: Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Rico Trails Alliance kickstarts its summer

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    June 5, 2019 | This Sunday, the Rico Trails Alliance will hold the first of three summer trail work days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Ryman Creek/Salt Creek Trailhead, about 5 miles south of Rico. Training and tools will be provided.

    Source: Telluride Daily Planet • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Wilderness deserves restraint, humility

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    May 19, 2019 | The Forest Service’s recent decision to approve using chain saws to cut out downed trees in wilderness areas might strike some as no big deal.

    But for longtime advocates for the wilderness concept generally, and supporters of the Weminuche and South San Juan wilderness areas specifically, it’s a troubling precedent both for its disregard of the law and the apparent disinterest in the fundamental reason behind wilderness areas.

    Source: Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    BLM to celebrate new trails in the Phil’s World Trail System

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    May 17, 2019 | The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will celebrate the opening of several miles of non-motorized trails and a new trailhead in the Phil’s World Trail System at noon Saturday at the Cash Canyon Trailhead on County Road L.

    To date, two new trailheads and eight miles of trails have been built. Working with partners, volunteers, and youth corps, the BLM plans to build about 12 more miles of non-motorized trails. Phil’s World Trail System is one of the BLM’s top 20 mountain biking trail systems in the U.S. and is part of the Cortez Special Recreation Management Area.

    Source: The Journal Durango • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    New trails ready to ride, hike at Phil’s World

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    May 15, 2019 | Four new nonmotorized trails and a new parking lot have been built at the Phil’s World recreation area east of Cortez.

    The Tres Rios District of the Bureau of Land Management will have an event to introduce the expanded trails at noon Saturday, May 18, at the new parking lot and Cash Canyon trailhead on Road L.

    After the one-hour event, cyclists are invited to join the BLM, Southwest Conservation Corps and volunteers with the Southwest Colorado Cycling Association for a ride or hike on the new Highline and Canal trails.

    Source: Durango Journal • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Collegiate Peaks Chapter turns 50 years old

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    March 1, 2019 | This year, the Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited is joining Colorado Trout Unlimited in celebrating 50 years of protecting Colorado’s cold-water fisheries.

    Founded in 1969, Colorado Trout Unlimited is the state’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing a voice for Colorado’s rivers. Founded in 1984, the Collegiate Peaks Chapter is the oldest conservation organization in the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

    Source: The Mountain Mail • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Salida-based central Colorado conservancy named SE region partner of the year

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    April 30, 2019 | The Central Colorado Conservancy, headquartered in Salida, has been honored with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region Partners in the Outdoors Award for 2019. The award was announced at the annual Partners in the Outdoors conference on April 25 in Breckenridge.

    Source: Ark Valley Voice • Southwest Conservation Corps

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